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  • Managing Traffic in Our Neighborhoods

    The City of Pasadena has a longstanding interest in protecting neighborhoods from cut-through traffic and speeding vehicles. As early as the 1980's, the City authorized installation of speed humps to slow traffic in residential areas. Today, almost 400 of these traffic management devices have been installed along with many other traffic management measures. Complete Streets Program activities are underway throughout Pasadena communities.  

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  • Complete Streets Program

    Complete Streets is a national movement to ensure that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind—including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

    What are "complete" streets?

    Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street.

    Creating complete streets means transportation agencies must change their orientation toward building primarily for cars. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users. Places with complete streets policies are making sure that their streets and roads work for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as for older people, children, and people with disabilities.

    What it takes to make a street "complete" varies depending on many factors, so there's no single definition. However, ingredients may include sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible transit stops, frequent crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, and more. A complete street in a rural area will look quite different from a complete street in a highly urban area. But both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.

    Benefits of Complete Streets

    Increased Transportation Choices: Streets that provide travel choices can give people the option to avoid traffic congestion, and increase the overall capacity of the transportation network.

    Economic Revitalization: Complete streets can reduce transportation costs and travel time while increasing property values and job growth in communities. Improved Return on Infrastructure Investments: Integrating sidewalks, bike lanes, transit amenities, and safe crossings into the initial design of a project spares the expense of retrofits later.

    Quality of Place: Increased bicycling and walking are indicative of vibrant and livable communities.

    Improved Safety: Design and accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians reduces the incidence of crashes.

    More Walking and Bicycling: Public health experts are encouraging walking and bicycling as a response to the obesity epidemic. Streets that provide room for bicycling and walking help children get physical activity and gain independence.  

  • Ongoing Complete Streets Programs

    The following are current Complete Streets Programs in the city:

    Linda Vista Area 

  • State Street / South Gateway  

    The initial neighborhood traffic survey was mailed out May 16, 2011. The kickoff meeting was held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Westridge School Braun Music Hall. The link to the presentation is below:

  • San Rafael Area  

    Here is a link to the Complete Streets kick-off survey:


  • Reporting Speeding Problems in Your Neighborhood

    Speed Limit Radar Trailer

    There are times when people don’t realize that they are driving too fast and just need to be reminded of their vehicle speed habits. The Pasadena Police Department may place the radar trailer on streets where residents and business owners call to report possible speeding issues. The trailer displays the posted speed limit then measures your speed and gives you the information by displaying it under the area indicated by “Your Speed.” The trailer provides valuable information to the driver and stores data regarding speed and time of day that can be used later by the Police Department for enforcement and safety issues and the Transportation Department for planning and safety purposes.

    Pasadena Police Department
    If you would like to report a speeding problem in your neighborhood, please call (626) 744-4590.

    Speed Humps Request  
    In the 1980s, the City installed speed humps on a number of residential streets. This process became part of the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program in the early 1990s. By incorporating the installation of speed humps into a comprehensive program for addressing neighborhood traffic issues, the City gained the ability to improve traffic conditions in an entire area rather than on just one street.

  • Preferential Parking Districts

    Parking is a key component of Pasadena's transportation program. The City has addressed parking problems associated with educational institutions, entertainment uses, religious institutions, commercial activities, special events, and the Gold Line Light Rail service. Experience with such programs underscores the need for the City to foster ongoing coordination and cooperation among businesses, institutions, residents, and governmental agencies in order to address parking needs in a collaborative manner.

    In 2003, the Department undertook an extensive review of potential parking impacts throughout the City in areas adjacent to Gold Line Light Rail service. After review and analysis, the Department established a comprehensive parking management plan at each station consisting of on-street parking prohibitions to restrict parking during certain hours of the day and, in some locations, the establishment of preferential permit parking districts.

    The Department also prepared a booklet "An Overview of Common Parking Issues, Parking Management Options, and Creative Solutions", to assist neighborhoods in addressing parking problems. This booklet is used to develop parking solutions within the context of the NTMP.

    The City developed a Preferential Permit Parking (PPP) program in response to neighborhood complaints regarding spill-over parking from nearby non-residential uses, such as schools, businesses, and churches. Since Pasadena is an older city, many of the existing buildings do not have adequate off-street parking so occupants of these older buildings rely on on-street parking to accommodate their guests, employees, patrons and/or students.

    Unless restricted or prohibited, everyone has the right to park on any public street. However, the City also believes that residents and their guests should be able to park in their neighborhood. In areas where residents or their guests are consistently being forced to park two or three blocks away because the street parking on their street is being used by students, employees, patrons and/or guests of a nearby non-residential use, those residents may request the City to conduct investigation.

    How many types of Preferential Parking Permits are there?

    There are three types of preferential parking permits:

    Resident Permit
    Each household within an established PPP district, where the restriction has been posted after a voting process, is eligible to receive up to three (3) residential parking placards, with the submission of a current and valid vehicle registration. The address on the vehicle registration must match the address of the residence which qualifies for a preferential parking permit. These placards are to be used by persons residing at the property.

    Visitor Permit
    Each household within an established PPP district, where the restriction has been posted after a voting process, is automatically eligible for three (3) visitor permit placards. These placards are to be used by persons who are visiting or conducting business in their home. Please monitor the use of these placards and be responsible for their return and reuse.

    Daily Permit
    Each household within an established PPP district, where the restriction has been posted after a voting process, is eligible to receive guest daily hang tags which are distributed in batches of 10 to be used for guests.

    Is there a cost to obtain Preferential Parking Permits?

    Previously Preferential Parking Permits were free of charge however, effective July 1, 2012, a fee for these permits was established as part of the General Fee Schedule to pay for the cost of administering the program. The following is a list of fees associated with Preferential Parking Permits:

    The fee for the initial set of Preferential Parking Permits which includes up to 3 Residential Permits, 3 Guest Permits, and 10 One-Day hang tags is $10.

    Each additional 10 pack of One-Day hang tags is $5. 

    Who should I contact to purchase or request Preferential Parking Permits?

    Please contact the Parking Office located at 221 E. Walnut St., Suite 199 or call the following number to request permits (626) 744-7665.

    What should I do if I am having a party and live in a Preferential Parking Area?

    If you live in a preferential parking area and you are having a party you may purchase one day hang tags to distribute to your guests. If you expect 40 vehicles or more you may request a Special Event Preferential Parking Exemption for a fee of $20. The following is the process to obtain your Special Event Preferential Parking Exemption:  

    1. Please contact the Parking Office with your request for a Special Event Preferential Parking Exemption.
    2. Prepare a notification letter to be distributed to all affected residents and/or businesses. Please be sure your notification letter provides the date, hours, number of expected vehicles, street name(s) including boundaries/limits you requesting an exemption. A sample notification letter is attached for your reference. 
    3.  Forward a copy of your notification letter along with the attached signed notification statement to the Parking Office. 
    4. The Parking Office will review your information and provide you with a confirmation number. A confirmation number is required for your exemption to be valid. 
    5.  Please contact the Parking Office at (626) 744-7665 with any questions. 
    6.  The fee to process a Special Event preferential parking exemption is $20.

    Who can I contact if I would like information related to planning of a Preferential Parking District?

    If you are interested in obtaining additional information related to the planning, evaluation or process of the City's PPP program, please contact:

    Traffic Division

    If you live within an established PPP district and have questions related to enforcement and permit issuance, please contact:

    Parking Division

    Useful Documents

  • Current Preferential Parking Districts in Pasadena

    Currently a total of 8 Preferential Permit Parking Districts are established in the City:

  • Overnight Parking Restriction

    City ordinance 10.44.010 prohibits overnight parking on City streets from 2 - 6 A.M. This allows street cleaning in the early morning hours and helps identify vehicles that areabandoned. Residents, for whom temporary or permanent parking is available, may apply for a Daytime or Overnight On-street Parking Permit to park during these hours. The Preferential Permit Parking program DOES NOT override the overnight parking restriction.

    Note: Holiday Overnight Parking Citation Moratorium – 2 am to 6 am, from December 23 thru January 3. Vehicles legally parked on the street during the aforementioned hours and dates will not receive a citation for overnight parking. Overnight parking citations will resume being issued the morning of January 4, at 2 am.

  • Report Issues to the City OnLine

    You may report needed repairs and other issues online through the Pasadena Citizen Service Center.   Get information about or submit a service request for:

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    • Animal Control Issues
    • Code Compliance
    • Garbage & Graffiti
    • Park & Tree Maintenance
    • Public Transportation Issues
    • Street & Sidewalk Issues
    • Food Safety & Parking
    • General Comments  & more ...

    To use the service, go to the Citizen Service Center and click on "Submit a Request."   Once you have submitted the request you will be contacted by the appropriate department. 

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